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Welcome from the Dean

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With the growth in undergraduate tuition and the complexity of the moment that we live in, this is a remarkable and noteworthy time to be dedicated to the education and preparation of undergraduate students for the 21st century. I was reminded of this at Freshman Convocation, our ceremonial welcoming of freshmen to the University of Washington. Hec Ed was full of new Huskies and their families—it was an inspiring moment kicking off a new stage in the lives of these students, beginning the celebration of the UW’s 150th anniversary, and introducing our new president, Michael K. Young, to the newest members of our community.

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In the Spotlight

An interview with Honors alum David Guterson

David Guterson in 1981, with his son.

Honors alumnus David Guterson (’78) is best known for writing the best-selling and award-winning novel Snow Falling on Cedars, but did you know he is also a teacher? Current Honors student Kat Chow spoke with David about his writing, influences, and his new book, Ed King.


Inspired service in rural Kenya

 Peter Kithene at the 2011 UW GalaUAA alumnus Peter Kithene gave the keynote address at the 2011 University of Washington donor gala, held in Suzzallo Library’s Graduate Reading Room. As an undergraduate, Peter started the Mama Maria health clinics to bring much-needed healthcare to his home village in rural Kenya as well as other rural places in Kenya.

UAA alumni educate and energize classrooms

Alumna working with preschool children.

Each of us can point to a teacher who’s made a difference in our lives—someone who’s challenged us to live up to our potential, follow our dreams, discover our talents. This fall, we’re celebrating back-to-school with a focus on some UAA alumni who are now teachers. Preschool, public high school, Teach for America, or Americorps—Neelz Gharavi (’02, ’04), Blake Stevens (’09), Sue Ordonez (’08), Tim Harris (’10), and Angel Corral (’10)—shared what inspires them as teachers and how they apply those influences in the classroom.

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University of Washington is No. 6 in the nation for U.S. Fulbright students

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The University of Washington is sixth in the nation for producing U.S. Fulbright students, as 24 undergraduate and graduate students were recently awarded the prestigious grants for 2011-12. The rankings were published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on October 23, 2011.

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Honors Program writer-in-residence awarded state and national book awards

Frances McCue Photo by Mary Randlett

Frances McCue, Honors Program writer-in-residence and instructor, was recently awarded a 2011 Washington State Book Award for poetry and national Grub Street Book Prize for her most recent book of poems, The Bled, published by Factory Hollow Press.

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Robinson Center deepens work with the help of a new advisory board

The Robinson Center is a national leader for developing programs that serve highly capable young pre-college and college students. In 2011, the Robinson Center created an advisory board to support the mission of and promote the Center, suggest and discuss program development, and reach out to the campus, gifted, and broader communities. Meet the board members!

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Dream Project alumna’s work comes full circle

Janis and EmilyDream Project alumna and Americorps Retention Project member Janis Lee registered the 500th mentor in the Dream Project’s autumn quarter class. That’s right—500 UW undergraduates have committed to giving back to their communities by helping high-schoolers navigate the college-admissions process.

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Gift Corner

We’re introducing this section of our newsletter to let you know about select happenings in the world of UAA philanthropy. In each issue we’ll either point out some notable gifts or introduce you to a donor or two with a story about why they’ve included Undergraduate Academic Affairs in their giving.

When Provost Phyllis Wise announced she was leaving the University of Washington to take the helm as chancellor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the board and staff of the University of Washington Alumni Association took some time to reflect on her time at the UW and how best to recognize her work and her partnership. When they learned about the scholarship that Provost Wise had created in the Honors Program, it seemed like the perfect fit. Wise endowed the scholarship in honor of her parents—why not add to that endowment in honor of Wise, herself? In September, outgoing president of the UW Alumni Association board of trustees, Colleen Fukui-Sketchly, announced the gift of $25,000. The Shih Chun and Mamie Kwoh Wang Endowed Scholarship is awarded based on academic merit with preference given to students who have a deep cultural experience with Asia, either through their life experiences, studies or family connections.

The Washington Research Foundation (WRF) has been giving to the Undergraduate Research Program since 2006 in the form of WRF Fellowships. These fellowships recognize and support undergraduates who achieve a high level of accomplishment in research, particularly in areas relevant to the development of new technologies. This year we were thrilled when the WRF board elected to not only increase their annual support, but committed to a multi-year gift, totaling $150,000 over the next two years. We are proud of how this ongoing partnership has enabled us to enrich the academic lives and aspirations of 44 students since its inception.


Call for Alumnotes

What’s new with you? Where do you work? What interesting experiences have you had? What are you proud of? Share your story with us and we’ll include it in the UAA Alumni e-Newsletter which will come out spring 2012.

Email UAAalum@uw.edu with your shareable story. Photos welcome, too!


Show your purple on W Day, Nov. 4

W Day

 On Nov. 4, Huskies around the world will drape themselves in purple and celebrate the UW’s 150th birthday. Select area retailers will have special promotions, and there’ll be free cupcakes and T-shirts! Huskies outside the Seattle area can post their UW memories and photos on the UW Facebook page or via the Twitter hashtag #UW150. Get the W Day details!

Fall 2011

Did you know...

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center broke a record this fall quarter with the most students registered for service learning in a single quarter. The number? A whopping 1,000.

Volunteer Opportunity

Help high school students complete a competitive college application essay! Volunteer with the Dream Project at the annual Admissions Workshop Weekend, Nov. 19-20. Sign up and learn more here.

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